God’s Mercy is Endless

I believe God’s been trying to pound a message into me the last couple weeks, and it’s terrifying..terrifyingly beautiful.

In my AP European History class, we have been studying World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust extensively for about a month now. And being the history fanatic I am, I immediately got onto Netflix and began watching every available documentary there is. Needless to say, by the end of the first week, every time I closed my eyes, a graphic image of a dead corpse (or corpses), some horrible tragedy, or some violent video I saw would pop into my mind. Even so, I was determined to understand the true nature of these wars, even if it meant countless graphic images, so I kept watching. Maybe I would have been fine if it had stopped there. However, I had the amazing opportunity to attend a pro-life leadership camp for young adults for several days. We not only saw a fair share of graphic photos of many historical genocides, but we were asked to watch a three minute video of post-aborted babies…from around 10 weeks until perhaps 21 weeks. The images are burned into my mind. Soon, all I could think about were the 16 million dead in Soviet Russia during World War II, photos of the piled up skeleton corpses from the Holocaust, and those tragic, inhuman videos and photos of the aborted babies with the number 4,000 burned into my brain permanently…the average number of babies killed per day. All I could think about was death, and I was despairing. How could I make a difference in this world? Would I just be another number…another death? How can we survive in such a heartless world?

Coincidentally, the Easter Triduum was beginning right around this time, and praise God from whom bountiful graces flow. It struck me in the middle of the Easter Vigil as I was bringing all this despair to the Lord. Every single sin committed in history mashed up into one enormous sin. That was what our dearest Jesus experienced on the cross. And he defeated it! The battle is already won. I do not need to worry, for Christ has conquered death!

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Not soon after, I was reminded that even that one enormous mashup of sin compared to God’s infinite mercy and love looks like the smallest of ants placed next to the largest of mountains. Can you picture that? Because to me, that is incomprehensible. God loves each of us as if we were the only thing he created, and he devotes in its entirety that ENORMOUS and INFINITE amount of mercy and love to each and every one us. Every life is priceless. Looking at our culture of death, it is easy to forget that. But after that experience this Easter Triduum, I know God will never let me forget His love for every single life He has created.

 

 

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God’s Mercy is Endless

World Peace: A Utopian Society

As I’m watching the presidential campaigns, I see Republican and Democratic candidates tapping into their supporters’ slow boiling anger and resentment to certain grievances and igniting a dangerous fire. I see candidates supporting divides among citizens, encouraging supporters to view those who oppose their opinions and beliefs as enemies.No, I’m not just talking about Trump.

It seems the media and news is full of anger, hatred, despair, an hopelessness, and the greatest  question that comes to my mind is: “Whatever happened to the UNITED in the UNITED States of America?” Of course, we could always argue that the U.S. was never really united. In fact, in such a world, that word has lost meaning.

Even so, there are hundreds of thousands of answers to this question. But it all boils down to the central evil in our society: selfishness. We stubbornly claim the right to choose our gender or sexual orientation, regardless of the impact it has on our families and greater environment. We are encouraged to give in to our sexual urges, resulting in the slaughtering of the unborn, unfaithfulness, a warped view of sex, and the very one-sided viewing of pornography online, to say the least. We claim the right to live our lives the way we want to regardless of the consequences to family, friends, our country, and our world. To put it bluntly, this screams “it’s all about me.”

Yet, when have we ever acclaimed and honored heroes and famous historical figures who selfishly acted in their own interests  without regard for others? Very rarely. Rather, we look to those who worked humbly for the greater good, those who sacrificed their desires for the needs of others. A great example is Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who served the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She served with a selfless love.

Yes, it sounds cheesy, but love is the solution to all problems. As we begin voting for presidential candidates, lets turn not to candidates who divide us angrily against each other but to candidates (if there are any, to be honest) who preach respect and peace and love. While this might seem like a generic post, it is a reminder that needs to be stated over and over again.

 

World Peace: A Utopian Society

welcome and an introduction

Although this small corner of the blogger world was created mainly as a means for writing down my numerous, random thoughts, any visitors are welcome! So a little about me…

I am Helen, a 5’2″ red head from Portland, Oregon. I have three siblings, one of which will be a graduating senior next year at the amazing University of Notre Dame. If you met me, you would probably  categorize me as the student who can never quench her thirst for learning as well as the passionate, almost ecstatic, friend who can get excited about anything.  As a graduating senior, I am planning on attending Benedictine College in the fall as a Psychology major and will be participating in its Honors Program.  But most importantly, I am a (most of the time…I’m working on it) humble Catholic who is simply trying to  reach the perfect final destination. HelenCookbio

welcome and an introduction